Apply to Serve on the City Council

With the resignation of Councilmember Mark Wheetley effective March 2, 2017, there is one vacancy on the Arcata City Council for a term expiring on December 2018.
June 2016 Arcata City Council

Application Timeline

Applicants must pick up application packets from the City Manager's Office at City Hall in order to officially apply. Please allow for at least 15 minutes when picking up and turning in your completed application packet and bring a valid photo ID listing your name, address and date of birth.
  • Replacement must be appointed by April 30, 2017.

  • March 2: Application packets are available in the City Manager's office at Arcata City Hall.

  • Application deadline: Friday, March 24, 5 p.m.

  • March 24–30: The public can review the candidate statements. Candidate signatures are verified.
  • Thursday, April 13, 6 to 9 p.m.: Council Candidate Forum. **Tentative date and time. The format for this forum will be determined by the number of candidates.**

  • April 13–19: Additional Candidate review, if necessary.

  • Wednesday, April 19, 6 p.m.: Proposed Council appointment at the regular City Council meeting.

Candidate Requirements:


  • Live and be registered to vote in Arcata.

  • Gather 20 valid signatures from Arcata registered voters. (We suggest gathering of a minimum of 30 signatures.)
  • Provide a statement of up to 250 words describing your qualifications for the office.

  • You may submit your statement in multiple languages. (Candidates must supply the translation.)

  • Statements may include the candidate's age, occupation, education and non-partisan organization affiliates. Listing partisan political membership or activity is not permitted.

  • Referring to other candidates or potential candidates is prohibited.

  • The public can read your statement on this website beginning Friday, March 24, 2017. Statements will remain confidential until that date.

  • Statements will be published as written, so carefully check for errors.
  • Statements must be emailed to bdory@cityofarcata.org by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017.